Packing Up For School

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Benjamin H.'s Comment
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Getting ready to start cdl school for KLLM in Jackson Mississippi. Both nervous and anxious. Wish there was a.way to fast forward about 6 months into the future. Hate leaving the wife and kids but have to do something to better the families future. Not so much stressing school as much as thinking bout training in someone else truck. Hoping to get family man like myself so I don't miss kids Christmas.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Welcome aboard Benjamin! Sorry it took so long for us to respond.

Your concerns about leaving your family and finding a decent trainer are common and well-founded. Both situations can make for a ton of stress and take all the fun out of trucking. But a supportive family can make all the difference and the training is only temporary. You might find something that gets you home quite a bit before too long and then you'll really have it made!

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Attila's Comment
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You will hear a lot of horror stories about trainers. I had the same apprehension. My trainer was nit perfect but he did his job ad a teacher well. I have kept in touch with many students over the months and most had either neutral or great student mentor experience. I have only heard a couple of horror stories from people I know out here, they most likely caused as many if not more problems than the mentor.

Benjamin H.'s Comment
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I made it to Jackson into the hotel and have a decent roommate. Skyped with the kids for a little bit and start school tomorrow. Can't wait to get started

James Skattebo-Rhoades's Comment
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Have a blast Ben. If you don't understand what they are asking you, clarify. Make sure you understand everything they tell you. When you get in and out of the trucks, always use both hands. Step out backwards. I saw a guy here at a local truck stop break his ankle cause he jumped out and hit a patch of ice. Didn't look to pretty.

Benjamin H.'s Comment
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Made it through first day off school unlike my hotel room are who didn't make it to lunch with medical problems. All paperwork and physical. Have about a dozen in the class and about 8refreshers started today. Just found out after I pass permits test KLLM gives a $500 bonus. Thats$$$ enexpected.

Sean's Comment
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Congrats on getting through your first day!

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Benjamin H.'s Comment
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After going through study guides on here I am ready to challenge cdl permit test so I can get out on range and start backing . not gonna lie that $500 will be nice also

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
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